Big Ten Women's Cross Country Wraps up NCAA Regionals

Michigan State's Emily MacLeod took first place at the Great Lakes regional on Saturday.

Michigan State's Emily MacLeod took first place at the Great Lakes regional on Saturday.

Nov. 15, 2010

Big Ten women's cross country concluded NCAA Regional competition on Saturday, with four teams and six individual runners advancing to next week's NCAA Championships. Michigan and Michigan State each earned automatic berths to the championships after the Spartans finished first and the Wolverines took second at the Great Lakes regional.

Minnesota and Penn State earned at-large berths to the championships, while Iowa's Betsy Flood, Northwestern's Audrey Huth, Ohio State's Ellen Birmingham and Meredith Wagner and Wisconsin's Caitlin Comfort and Emily Sisson all individually qualified for the competition.

The Big Ten placed nine individuals in the top 11 at the Great Lakes regional, led by Big Ten Athlete of the Year Emily MacLeod's first-place finish. The Spartans took first in the regional, followed by Michigan in second, Ohio State in fourth, Indiana in fifth, Wisconsin in 10th and Purdue in 13th.

Penn State finished third in the Mid-Atlantic regional, earning an at-large bid in the process. Minnesota's Stephanie Price led the way at the Midwest regional, earning a first-place finish. Iowa's Flood also finished in the top 10, taking ninth place. The Golden Gophers finished in third, followed by Iowa in seventh, Illinois in ninth and Northwestern in 11th.

The four qualifying Big Ten teams and six qualifying individual runners will all compete in the NCAA Championships on Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.